Lake Buena Vista, Fla. — Retired pitcher Tom Glavine will probably come to spring training around March 17 in his new capacity as a team official, manager Bobby Cox said Saturday.
Much like Glavine’s wide-ranging new job description with the Braves, his role in camp will be varied and basically unspecified, according to Cox.
“Hang out, talk to people, watch the games, get in a uni — Tommy can do whatever he wants,” Cox said, smiling.
Glavine recently accepted a position as special assistant to Braves president John Schuerholz. The position will entail front-office work and broadcasting, but also on-field coaching or advising in spring training and the minor leagues.
Wagner back in camp
After being sent home with flu-like symptoms Friday, closer Billy Wagner was back in camp for Saturday’s workout on a chilly, damp afternoon.
The veteran closer asked for advice from former Braves pitcher Gene Garber during the workout, then chatted with him at length in the clubhouse afterward.
Garber is in camp as a special instructor, something the Braves do with a couple of retired players each spring. In his last full season with the Braves in 1986, Garber, at age 38, had 24 saves and a 2.54 ERA in 61 appearances….
Rain prevented the Braves from working out on the field Saturday, and they did their hitting and pitching in the covered batting cages adjacent to the field.
Workouts were moved from morning to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday so the Braves could get their annual physicals in the morning….
Center fielder Jordan Schafer returned to full drills after taking three days off from hitting to rest his surgically repaired left hand.
“It’s going to be a slow process for him,” Cox said of Schafer, who’s expected to start the season in Class AAA.